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Squatters Big Cottonwood - Utah Brewers Cooperative

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BA SCORE
82
good

67 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 67
Reviews: 31
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 13.26%
Wants: 0
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  5.75% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: brentk56 on 08-14-2011)
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Photo of prometheus
3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had this a few times. It is now available in a big 750 ml bottle.

Pours a tangerine amber red. Thin head. Medium mouthful with slightly stingy carbonation. Great smell of pine and dried orange peel. Taste is the same with a long finish that lingers for a long time. Great Utah Brew!

prometheus, May 04, 2012
Photo of LXIXME
4.23/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A big light brown head floats above a clear reddish amber colored beer.

A lightly roasted malt aroma with a bit of hops coming through as well as some other lesser notes I can't distinguish.

The taste is overwhelmingly a lightly roasted malt with hints of hops sneaking in there.

A medium bodied beer that leaves a light malty dryish aftertaste.

A very worthy amber, get rid of the amber bock and grab some of these.

LXIXME, Apr 10, 2012
Photo of htomsirveaux
3.3/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle tried 10 Dec 2011. Courtesy of R&S, thanks! Served in the Dillon Dam shaker pint.

Medium sized light brown head. Lightly carbonated. Clear warm brown in color. Smells moderately spicy, some molasses and resin. Starts kind of spicy and resiny up front. Some molasses as well. Medium body, light ethanol. Somewhat herbal and earthy through the middle. Finish is kind of astringent and bitter.

A liked this quite a bit more than I did.

htomsirveaux, Mar 20, 2012
Photo of Jason
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle with a freshness date.

LOOK: Hazed ruddy amber, excellent head

SMELL: Toffee, hop resin, yeast, fresh toasted bread, orange zest, peppery, fig

TASTE: Super smooth, big toffee, biscuity, bready, soft hop bitterness, oily hop resin, nutty yeast, husky, ripe fig, light alcohol, semi-dry finish

A playful Amber Ale, goes from sweet to hoppy to grain and back around the block again. Very well rounded and balanced.

Jason, Mar 17, 2012
Photo of Mora2000
3.2/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The beer pours a medium to dark amber color with a small white head. The aroma is a strong mix of toffee and some pine hops, presumably from the cascade hopes used in the dry hopping process. The flavor is basically that of a very hoppy amber ale. I get a lot of toffee and tannic notes like you get in a glass of iced tea, as well as some pine flavor from the hops. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Mora2000, Feb 29, 2012
Photo of yemenmocha
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours hazy amber with generous head. Nose has herbal hops, tea, and a toasty malt quality. On the palate the malt component is prominent, though it has a bit of malt extract caramel taste standing out. Hops balance it out and carry into the finish and aftertaste . Lot of herbal, earthy hops on the aftertaste.

yemenmocha, Feb 05, 2012
Photo of plebotamus
1.5/5  rDev -58.6%

plebotamus, Jan 07, 2012
Photo of mpyle
3.78/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My thanks to SB for sending me this beer for XMAS!

App - Bright amber color, brilliantly clear. Poured a good sized just off-white colored head, quite creamy and long lasting

Smell - Piney hop aroma dominates, and otherwise quite clean.

Taste - Piney hop flavor on top of a malty backbone. Surprisingly little residual sweetness - only on color does it distinguish itself from an APA. Bitterness in finish is present, but is quite gentle. Much hop flavor, but moderate hop bitterness.

MF - Medium body and carbonation, no astringency or warming.

Overall - A nice, clean hoppy ale. Would like to see the malt a bit more prominent to make it stand apart from APAs, but a nice beer.

mpyle, Jan 01, 2012
Photo of mactrail
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Classic dark amber color with some lacing in the glass. Faint aroma of roast malt, though the flowery hops take a while to reveal themselves. The earth and dirty style of flavors, which I didn't think you could get with Cascade hops. Light body with very nice rich carbonation in the mouth. Moderately bitter aftertaste on a light base of muddy malt.

Current version is 5.75 ABV. Supposed to be a stronger version of their Emigration Amber Ale with dry-hopped Cascades. Sounds great but it is a pretty lackluster brew to my taste.

mactrail, Dec 25, 2011
Photo of portia99
3.93/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle (born on 6/13/11) courtesy of Wasatch. Thanks John! Poured into a Bruery tulip.

A - Pours a mostly clear brownish amber body with a thick finger of frothy/foamy cream colored head with rather good staying power. Modest webs of lacing left on the glass.

S - Has a distinct caramel aroma up front mixed with brown sugar, maltose, some mildly metallic hops and a touch of biscuit. Pretty much right on for the style.

T - Good base of bready malt, a bit yeasty, moderate sweetness - mostly brown sugar, caramel and hints of molasses. Bitterness is mild giving a good balance to the flavors but not really a huge flavor provider. Hops also give a bit of citrus towards the finish. Nice.

M - Lighter side of medium bodied, but doesn't really feel thin either. Carbonation is adequate at a slightly lowish level...gives enough life to the beer. Sweet flavors overpower the hops here just a bit. Easy drinker.

O - Overall, I'd call this a good session beer. Nice complement of flavors from malt and hops - very well balanced. Smooth and easy drinking - perfect for a session or as a companion to some pub food.

portia99, Dec 18, 2011
Photo of Beernoisseur
3.95/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I'm a big fan of breweries that do unique stuff to get your attention. I'm also a big fan of the cottonwood canyons here in Salt Lake, since I live less than a ten minute drive from them.

This beer exists where those two appreciations converge.

The pour from the bottle into my pint glass reveals a red-leaning amber with a nice finger width head. The smell is typical for the style, maybe with a touch of earthy hops standing out. The flavor is well-balanced with both the malt and hops making obvious contributions . The finish is somewhat more malty, however. Almost bready.

Overall a real nice beer.

Beernoisseur, Oct 27, 2011
Photo of bayougutter
3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Born on date of 06-13-11 and consumed 09-25-11.
Poured from bottle to a snifter and is a clear amber that has a white head of an inch with retention and lacing being above average.

On the smell I get grass/earthy hops, a lot of caramel malts, and some fig/date fruit as well. A nice aroma, hope the taste lives up.

The taste didn't dissapoint but it left me wanting more. A little dry on the finish. A good balance between the malts and hops.

Mouthfeel is light to medium with good carbination.

Overall, I liked it but it just kinda left me hanging. It did improve as it warmed a bit. Still a good example and will have again.

bayougutter, Sep 26, 2011
Photo of brentk56
3.93/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a crystal clear burnt orange verging on amber; a massive head sits atop the liquid; both the retention and the lacing are noteworthy

Smell: Earthy hops and plenty of caramel malt

Taste: Caramel and fruit (apple and nectarine), up front, with a growing earthy hop character that arrives by mid-palate and dominates, after the swallow

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: It's hard for me to get excited about an American Amber, but this is one of the finer examples of the style; well-crafted and plenty hoppy

Thanks, douglas88 (from the other site), for the opportunity

brentk56, Aug 14, 2011
Photo of WoodBrew
3.15/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On our way out from the Squaters Brewery we picked up a mixed six, which included Big Cottonwood. I was really looking forward to trying this beer....red ale that has been dry hopped. The color red/amber clear ale with nice white head. The nose is accentuated by fresh cascade hops and sweet malt. The taste starts off really nice...then turns malty....followed by a dry taste on the pallet. The mouthfeel is not great and it would be tough to session.

WoodBrew, Jul 14, 2011
Photo of kagent777
3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle with a born on date of 6/13/11 clearly printed on the neck of the bottle. Poured into a goblet.

Appearance: Crystal clear light amber/ dark copper color with an off white head that settled to a thick ring around the edge of the glass. A nice bit of lacing sticks around.

Smell: Malts and some hoppy smells. I sense subtle citrus and floral notes as well as some minor earthy sweet notes.

Taste: A typical amber, but with a bit of hop kick bitterness. The malts present a subtle sweetness that is never off putting. The bitterness from the hops balances nicely. This is a well made beer, just not my favorite style.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is thinner than i would have expected for the color, don't judge a beer by its color. The carbonation is fine.

Overall: I like this well enough because it has some hops to contrast with the in your maltiness that ambers can have.

kagent777, Jul 12, 2011
Photo of weeare138
3.08/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to hopdog to providing this sample...
Appears a hazy amber with a small off white head that slowly fades into a mild cap. Spotty bits of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of caramel, vanilla, toffee, toasted grains, and mild hops.
Taste is of the aromas with caramel, and vanilla flavors coming through.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, balanced, and refreshing.

weeare138, Nov 10, 2010
Photo of Wasatch
3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz. Bomber

Bottled On: 7/8/2010

Pours a nice brown/amber color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger creamy off-white head, with some nice sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with some hop notes, caramel. The taste is sweet, malty, slightly bitter, slightly hoppy, with a good dose of caramel. Medium body. Drinkable, a nice one for the style.

Wasatch, Aug 22, 2010
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Squatters Big Cottonwood from Utah Brewers Cooperative
82 out of 100 based on 67 ratings.